Dated: 19 November 2010
A New Space Tyre That Just Won’t Burst
It’s one small step for NASA, one giant leap for Goodyear.
Recently the news was released that a joint engineering effort between The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (best known as NASA) and one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, Goodyear, has developed a tyre specifically designed for lunar missions. One of the main points that can be made about this new tyre is that it will never puncture.
According to the ‘New Scientist’ website “The new airless 'Spring Tyre' improves on the wire-mesh designs employed on the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) driven by astronauts on Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 (1971 and 1972).”
Your everyday “Earth tyres” is not suitable for use in space and a tyre filled with air will, because of the vacuum, continue to expand to a boundless limit and then burst.
The new space tyre is made up of over 800 springs and has been designed to have the capacity to carry far bigger and heavier vehicles than the old LRV tyres in the past.
So, no needing to pull over, get out the jack and replace tyre on the side of the lunar motorways with these tyres fitted to your vehicle.